Cannes alumnus Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (‘A Screaming Man’) returns with a documentary about victims of his country’s 8-year-long dictatorship.
Of the many African despots making headlines over the past decades, Hissein Habre, who ruled Chad between 1982 and 1990, is perhaps one of the least well known. Yet in his homeland, where he maintained a secret police force that tortured hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, resulting in nearly 40,000 deaths, his reign is remembered with fear and anguish by a population that continues to suffer to this day.
In Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy (Hissein Habre, une tragedie tchadienne), director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun captures the stirring and disturbing testimony of a handful of survivors who lived through Habre’s dictatorship. These brave men and women, some of them too crippled to walk or speak clearly, describe what they went through during years of arrest, imprisonment and torture, exposing the crimes against humanity inflicted on their people just as Habre – who was exiled in Senegal for 17 years and arrested in 2013 – awaits sentencing by an African Union court, with a verdict due at the end of this month.
Haroun has already played the Cannes competition with his Chad-set features Grisgris and A Screaming Man (the latter which took home the Jury Prize in 2010) and premieres his new documentary in the Special Screening ... Read Full Review